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Subject: Re: The extended family of Mary Johanna Somerset, of Maryland
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:38:58 -0400 (EDT)
There was no law against inheritance by half-siblings.
They were not excluded by the law of intestate inheritance
There was no settlement at *this* point and that is the point.
Whether there was a settlement earlier, for an earlier group is not
relevant to THIS point.
It's relevant to THAT point.
If you re read once again what Douglas *initially* said, not what he later
said, and read it carefully with an eye toward the error you will see what
he said, and why it's ridiculous.
Are you claiming that because a person had moved to America they would be
Or are you ignoring what Douglas said
In a message dated 3/26/2012 11:30:15 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
But you have it back to front, Will. If there was a settlement - and
there was in this case - then the law against inheritance by half-
siblings was irrelevant. The creator of a settlement had complete
freedom to dictate the line of succession, he could include or exclude
anyone he liked. There was not even a social convention pressuring
him to exclude half-siblings - their exclusion by the law of intestate
inheritance was not mirrored by an equivalent social expectation, and
they were commonly included in family settlements.